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43.5: Castle Submissions – Winners Announced

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 by in Results Posted

1st Place: Mathnetism

Mathnetism Zen Magnets Castle

Fancifully proportioned castle, with stylistically coherent build pattern. The close packed parallel lattice pattern is found on nearly every surface, yet details are distinct and seamlessly integrated. A welcoming symmetry at the gates flows into a variety of believable buildings. Would love to see a time-lapse of this build. Simply titled Castle, Mathnetism wins $150 Zen Credits for first place.

2nd Place: Tend2it

Tend2it Zen Magnets Castle

Cleverly catered for the thumbnail, this multi-perspective image shows only the main night-time shot in the hexagonal preview. The scale that is implied by this castle sculpture is grand. With the front gate as a size reference, this fortress is a cramped metropolis with a skybridge from one side to the other. The Zen Castle is made with 1965 Zen Magnets, and earns Tend2it $125 for Second Place.

3rd Place: Poolshark

Poolshark Zen Magnets Castle

One of the few that took advantage of the option to use blue neoballs as a non-load bearing prop. Windows 1 magnet wide A great photo to view at full resolution. For the Dragon’s Keep, Poolshark earns $100 in Zen Credits, usable on or

4th Place: GalaxyTraveler

GalaxyTraveler Zen Magnet Castle

This digitally post processed photo depicts a fortress that reaches as high as the Dolomite mountains nearby. Though what the front gate is sized to accommodate, is still a curiosity. Or perhaps the size of your front door has implications to how welcoming your fortress? Dolomites Fortress features surfaces of exclusively rectangular lattice. GalaxyTraveler is rewarded $80 in Zen.

5th Place: Dave

Dave Zen Magnet Castle

A highly detailed drawbridge is the first one would have to encounter to enter Dave’s Castle Keep. The massive towers must be designed for storing valuables. $60 prize awarded.

6th Place Tie: Teradonis

Teradonis Zen Magnets Castle

Though the tower named My House Obviously appears a lone forward defense tower, it’s allegiance is clear. Similar to Mathnetism’s design methodology, the entire visible structure is created from a close packed crystal lattice. The attacking paladin is the CPSC. $40 awarded.

6th Place Tie: Ffrangconator

Frangconator Zen Magnets Castle

The Ffrangcastle was an iterative process, that started out as only walls. Today, the center spire reaches to the heavens, or perhaps it’s for a visual range advantage. $40 in Zen Credits awarded.

7th Place: Teh Hippeh

Teh Hippeh Zen Magnets Contest

The Fortress of Solitude is the only super abstract fortress among the contest 43 submissions. Made with relatively simple base units, this fortress is inspired by Superman’s home, and consists of free standing crystals on the Mandala building platform. $32.98 awarded.

Honorable Mentions

Rarely do we give prizes for unlisted submissions, but there were so many incredible entries in this contest. This time, a minimum of $15 is granted for everybody else who participated in this contest. Total of $732.98 worth of prizes distributed for this contest.

Contest Winners, we’ll email you your prizes soon.

If you haven’t already, click on the images to check out the original size. And keep in mind that contests held here are independent of the Zen Gallery. Magnet sculptors can always submit photos to to win magnets as well.

Spectators, keep your eyes peeled for the next contest, because you choose the winners.

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 15 Great Entries for the January Castle contest.

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1st Place: $150 Zen Credit, usable on or

2nd Place: To Be Announced

3rd Place: To Be Announced

4th Place: To Be Announced

5th Place: To Be Announced

6th Place: To Be Announced

7th Place: To Be Announced

Judges, remember that this contest is a photography contest just as much as it is a magnet sculpture contest, overall aesthetic does matter. Voting deadline is 2/28

Decide your favorite 5 entries, and

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